Two more lovely books just out from Les Figues Press: Pam Ore's Grammar of the Cage ("a startling first collection of poetry: lyrical in tone and language, philosophical in scope, scientific in observation, and heartbreaking in the imagery of what’s been left. These are poems of nature and ecology from a former zookeeper and, as poet Ingrid Wendt says, 'a truly unique poetic voice.'") and Teresa Carmody's Requiem:
Requiem is a "folk opera, a lament for the unexamined life," writes editor and author David L. Ulin in his Introduction, "marked throughout by its own quiet tone of authority, which works to peel back the surface of what we imagine and examine what is going on underneath."
Drawing out the elliptical plain talk of those who would refer to themselves as simple, using Biblical language to pierce the callous and bruised souls of these lost, and sometimes found, people, Carmody creates, says Ulin, "art as observation, a literature constructed of the most minute details, a lens that allows us to see."